Creamy Polenta with Herbs

Creamy and full of flavor, the perfect side dish for meats in tomato sauce.


Click here to see the recipe in Portuguese


servings: 10 / preparation time: 30 minutes



1 cup fine cornmeal

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

3 minced garlic cloves

1 rosemary sprig

1 thyme sprig

1 sage sprig

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs olive oil

chopped parsley to garnish



1 – In a large saucepan, sauté garlic with olive oil for about 3 minutes.

2 – Add the herbs and stir for 1 minute.

3 – Add 3 of the 4 chicken broth cups.

4 – In a bowl, dissolve the cornmeal with 1 cup of broth. Pour the mixture in the pan and mix well.

5 – Remove the herbs and add salt and pepper to taste.

6 – Cook the polenta over medium heat until it is very creamy (about 15 to 20 minutes).

7 – Garnish with parsley and serve.


Tips and options:

  • Add Parmesan cheese when serving.
  • For a creamier result, add 1 tbs butter or 1/2 cup of heavy cream at the end.
  • The polenta is great side dish for meats or sausage in tomato sauce.
  • Fried polenta: save the leftovers in the refrigerator. Cut into cubes, coat with all purpose flour and deep fry.


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